Today's Reverb 10 prompt is "Make": "What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?"
Unlike some of the other prompts so far this month, this one was easy. The last thing I made, aside from dinner last night, was a ridiculously frivolous pink and purple knitted hat:
I made the hat as a Christmas present for one of my cousins, who's 13 and a big fan of all things purple and pink. As soon as I saw the yarn in the shop, I thought "Those colors are so totally J; I should make her a hat or something." And lo, there was a hat almost before I knew it. (This is the pattern, if any of you who tune in for the knitting posts are curious. It was fun to make, and quite fast.)
I got a huge kick out of working with this yarn, because I so seldom work with colors like this; when I'm knitting for myself, I favor gray, neutrals, and cheerful reds and oranges. I like purple, but vivid lipstick pink isn't my thing. But the colors of this yarn were so splendid and silly and bright that I had a wonderful time just watching them unfold across the lace pattern that makes up most of the hat. Three cheers for frivolous hats! I may have to make one for myself; I have had the Jayne Cobb hat on my to-knit list for ages, after all.
As for things I want to make: aside from the other two or three Christmas hats I'm planning for various relatives, the next two big things I want to make are a short story — the last one in the list in this post, actually — and a database to capture some of the information I've been finding during my research for the commonplace book project. And "clear some time" is the operative term, because both are substantial projects — the story less so, but given the pace at which I write when I'm not cranking something out for a deadline, it's anyone's guess when I might finish either.